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Subject: Just finished watching this about 15 minutes ago
The excellent Art Deco sets are a real highlight...were they re-used from a previous film? Oh how I wish Art Deco would make a come-back...
Good script, good actors, good direction. Only the cheap budget hurts the film.
I love the way they transition from scene to scene...very clever.
Subject: Jumpy sound track hurts pretty good film
This may be among the first films to use the new Empire State Building (it opened May 1, 1931) as a story locale. It has its interest moments but a poor sound track makes for some uncomfortable watching.
Yes, according to the IMDB that is Walter Brennan in an uncredited role as a "Mechanic". So Manhattan Tower gives us a rare early glimpse of an eventual multiple Oscar winner (three times) who had an amazingly long and diverse career in films as well as in television (one Emmy).
Subject: Manhattan Tower
I have acquired a shortest clip of 35mm nitrate film of this movie. It's "Manhattan Tower", so then I search for it and here that I go. Well, the ending of the crim victim fell over to the ground nearly at end of this so-so movie, is badly done. A bit more 'action-cut' effect would be better enough, as par of the climax editing similar to many other Hollywood outings.
Subject: I like the music
This is a good one.
I could swear that was Walter Brennan in the last few seconds there.
It's just for fun.
Exterior and lobby shots of the ESB. Some very amusing views on human behavior. Also a not so subtle propaganda message about personal banking. I'm old enough to have had parents that remember the Depression and seeing this movie makes me appreciate what's left of the New Deal.
Subject: View Of Manhattan Tower
From the "Fogguy"- Not bad, shows everyday life in the early 30's of NYC in what probably was the new Empire State Bldg. It also shows how shaky the business world was after the "cash" of l929.
A little dated as to the "slang" of the day, but all in all crime, romance, and office life of the 30's in a what was then a hectic world before modern computers and communication.
Subject: Its worth a download...
Althought the plot is pretty empty, it still keeps one someone interested. A boss abuses his company and his employees to finance his investments in the stockmarket. He runs a debt and in an effort to repay it, steals money from the company and an employee, ruining her dreams of purchasing a home with her husband. He also makes sexual advances towards a "loose" female secretary. There is a run on a bank which has most of his money and in a fit of anger yells at his accountant. When the husband of the woman who gets the money stolen from hears about what happened to his wife, he confronts the boss. Moreover, the accountant comes after him too. In the end, a fight brakes out and the boss falls out of the window, which is perhaps the most exciting part of the short film.
All in all I enjoyed it for the social insight it gave me on the true behavior of interoffice politics during the time. Other than that, it was not worth downloading. I hope you enjoy it!